Cedar Falls offensive lineman Ross Pierschbacher said Wednesday that he has no regrets about committing to the Iowa football team in January.
However, the battle to land the four-star prospect appears far from over.
The 6-foot-4, 275-pound Pierschbacher said he will visit Alabama and Stanford later this month in order to get a closer look at both programs. He previously said he would consider visiting those two schools after the 2013 season if Iowa struggled again like last fall when it finished 4-8.
“I guess I just want to get it done,” Pierschbacher said of why he changed his plans. “In the summer there is not really much going on until football starts.
“I think after the season you’re getting a little rushed with only a couple months left (before signing day). So I planned to get one last little get-away before we kind of crank it into football season.”
Pierschbacher already has attended an Alabama football game, but now he wants to see the program more up close and personal. He wants to explore the academics and get better acquainted with the players and coaches from the two-time defending national champions.
“Game visits are fun, but you don’t really get much accomplished as far as the actual visit part,” Pierschbacher said. “So I just I really want to kind of look in depth and take my time and check out all the academics and talk to the all the coaches. You can hardly get that with a game visit.”
His reasons for wanting to visit Stanford revolve mostly around football and academics, but also one other thing.
“I have not (been to California), but it should be fun,” Pierschbacher said. “I’ve heard great things.”
Pierschbacher was the first player to commit to Iowa’s 2014 recruiting class back on Jan. 12. The class has since grown to 11 players, all of whom are high school seniors-to-be.
Pierschbacher is without question the most heralded recruit in Iowa’s 2014 class, with virtually every scouting service ranking him among the top 100 players nationally.
But he didn’t have a scholarship offer from Alabama or Stanford when he committed to Iowa.
“I feel like I didn’t get to see all that I wanted,” Pierschbacher said. “I wasn’t sure at that point. Some schools hadn’t jumped in yet and they did after and showed a lot of interest.
“So I think it’s only right. I’ve never been out to California and it sounds great. And they’re a great program. So I think, why not see what they have to offer, the same with Alabama. Obviously, the top program in the nation and they didn’t offer until after I committed”
Pierschbacher said he hasn’t corresponded much lately with Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz or with Iowa offensive line coach Brian Ferentz besides receiving handwritten letters.
“I think they’ll respect it and they’ll understand,” Pierschbacher said. “We’ve had talks about it before.”
NCAA rules prohibit college coaches from talking about a specific recruit before the recruit signs a national letter of intent. The national signing period for football takes place in February for each senior class.
Pierschbacher was uncertain when asked if he would still be looking at other schools if Iowa had finished 8-4 last season instead of 4-8.
“Just having that 4-8 season, you know that there is a possibility that could happen with it having just happened,” he said. “I don’t think it will. The coaching staff doesn’t think it will. I don’t think anyone of the team thinks it will. But I’m just basically looking out for myself.”
Pierschbacher knows that his decision to visit two other schools won’t be received kindly by some Iowa fans.
“I’m not looking to make anyone mad or worried or coming after me,” Pierschbacher said. “But I’m going to do what’s in my best interest. And hopefully, it’s there (at Iowa).
“Being from Iowa, whatever my choice is, hopefully, they’ll all be happy for me wherever I go. But if they can’t do that then I’m not interested in caring about what they have to say really.”
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